This last weekend, Rockstar Energy Drink’s Mayhem Festival kicked off, and one of their first stops; Boise, Idaho. The last date added to the tour got the privilege of being the first to go on sale, and the spud state rockers did not disappoint. The event was a major success.
Due to the Snake River Stampede rodeo setting up in the facility arena, the event coordinators set up all three Mayhem stages out on the venue’s lawn areas. Fans were treated to lots of great food and beer, merchandise tents from all the artists, along with Roadrunner Records, Revolver Magazine, Metal Mulisha, Harley Davidson, and sponsors of the second stages; Jagermeister and Silver Star. There were even Oompa Loompa’s on hand.
There was great fun to be had at every turn. Mother Nature blessed the valley with a beautiful day, and 12 of metal’s greatest band’s romped it up in what Hatebreed‘s Wayne Lozniak calls a “rock and roll summer camp.”
Salt Lake City’s A Balance of Power gave the event a baker’s dozen, winning the Jagermeister battle of the bands for the Boise date.
The metalheads were in full celebration mode with three of the artists releasing new albums this week, including Korn III: Remember Who You Are, In This Moment’s A Star-Crossed Wasteland and Norma Jean’s Meridional.
The eight bands who performed on the Jagermeister and Silver Star stages were swarmed by enthusiastic and moshing fans. After each performance, the band’s spent time signing autographs at their respective tents.
Just before six o’clock the big guns came out, in more ways than one. With mic stands shaped like guns, and a massive drum cage replete with dual chrome M-60 machine guns, Five Finger Death Punch hit the stage with “Burn It To The Ground.” The band tore through a tight and heavy set which included several tracks off their newest album, War Is The Answer, including the hit “Hard To See” and the band’s newest single, a cover of Bad Company’s “Bad Company.” Singer Ivan Moody sent a shout out to the troops yelling, “I don’t care if you believe in the war or not, but you’d better give it up for our men and women over there fighting for us!”
Fans were then treated to a 40-minute set from metal masters, Lamb Of God, who are touring their brilliant 2009 release, Wrath. Songs like “Set To Fail” and “Wall of Death” sparked massive circle pits.
The first of the day’s two headliners kicked off next with Rob Zombie taking the stage in typical theatrical form. Red smoke and flames billowed as the band made a dramatic entrance to “Chanel X.” They served up classic Zombie from the old school, “Thunderkiss,” “Superbeast,” along with new material from Zombie’s latest CD, Hellbilly Deluxe 2, including “Sick Bubblegum” and “Mars Needs Women.” Somewhere in the mix the band delighted the crowd with an unexpected cover of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” Zombie closed out his hour long set with a Munster’s theme intro to the hit, “Dragula.”
To wrap up an incredible day of twisted metal performances, Jonathan Davis, Fieldy, and Munky, better known as Korn, brought the entire day’s festivities to a climatic close. They pulled songs from their nine album catalog, including material from the new Korn lll.
Prior to the show, Fieldy explained the reason for the band calling album number nine, III. “We started thinking about doing something old school, the way we did it in ’93. So we went to Ross Robinson who [produced] the first two Korn albums to sort of go back to that vibe.” Keep your eyes locked in on Examiner.com this week as we bring you the full Fieldy interview.
Mistress Juliya was also on hand MCing and interviewing the tour’s artists and events. See who she talked to in Boise below (videography by Justin Bauer)